Walls of Books and Pablo Sierra capture hearts, minds and imaginations

Walls of Books and Pablo Sierra capture hearts, minds and imaginations

Pablo Sierra is finding his rhythm and getting a deeper understanding of how much there is to know about community engagement and bookselling at his store Walls of Books. The Park View store opened in January at 3325 Georgia Avenue and features more than 40,000 used books, and it's the first retail business Pablo has ever owned. From the very beginning, Pablo wanted his bookstore to be a community gathering place, and he’s made that happen through free weekly events, including kid’s story time, kid’s yoga, creative writing workshops and author readings.  

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Photos from Walls of Books Grand Opening

Photos from Walls of Books Grand Opening

The areas's newest bookstore, Walls of Books, officially opened up Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting, a custom cake and lots of guests and customers. It's a risky business opening up a new retail establishment, especially a bookstore. Looking at the inside of Walls of Books, located at 3325 Georgia Avenue, I think owner Pablo Sierra has something great happening.

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Walls of Books grand opening and activities this weekend

Walls of Books grand opening and activities this weekend

Any neighborhood would be lucky to have even one bookstore located within a 10 miles — Petworth has an amazing library and the phenomenal Upshur Street Books. On Saturday, February 6th, we’ll officially have one more with the grand opening of Walls of Books.

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Alfie’s opens on Tuesday & it’s great

Alfie’s opens on Tuesday & it’s great

The new Thai / Southeast Asian restaurant by Food Network Star chef Alex McCoy and his partners Marc Dosik and Hunter Campbell, is ready to go. They had a soft launch party last night, and the food and the drink, unsurprisingly, are great. It’s just not on Upshur Street, not yet anyway.

I stopped by Alfie’s early in the day to talk with Hunter Campbell and Alex McCoy about the upcoming opening, and their plans for the Mothership and Upshur locations.

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Petworth Citizen & DC Reynolds on the Great American Cooking Story

Petworth Citizen & DC Reynolds on the Great American Cooking Story

Local favorites DC Reynolds, owned by Jeremy Gifford, and Petworth Citizen, owned Paul Ruppert, were showcased in an episode of a recent short documentary called The Great American Cooking Story by Clara Ritger. 

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Toli Moli Burmese dessert concept pops-up at EatsPlace

Toli Moli Burmese dessert concept pops-up at EatsPlace

Holy moly, these desserts look good! A new mother-daughter team are trying out their Burmese dessert concept at a pop-up in Park View at EatsPlace (3607 Georgia Avenue NW) at the end of January. Called Toli Moli!, the new pop-up is the passion of Chef Jocelyn (JoJo) Law-Yone and her daughter, Simone Jacobson, and will open on Saturday, January 30th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Walls of Books opens this week, grand opening in February

Walls of Books opens this week, grand opening in February

In one of the speediest openings I've seen, Park View's latest literary achievement, Walls of Books, is set to open on Wednesday, January 13th. The bookstore is located at 3325 Georgia Avenue NW and will sell used books primarily, with some new and best-sellers. 

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Walls of Books is your next neighborhood bookstore

Walls of Books is your next neighborhood bookstore

Besides staying up late to write blog posts, I also stay up way too late to read. For me, being in a bookstore, surrounded by books of all shapes, colors and sizes is a favorite past-time. I even managed a bookstore back in college for a few years. That’s why I was an early Kickstarter supporter of our first, very excellent neighborhood bookstore, Upshur Street Books. And it’s why I’m really interested and excited about the new Park View bookstore opening in January, Walls of Books.

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New bookstore coming to Park View in December

New bookstore coming to Park View in December

I heard from Brightwood resident Pablo Sierra today that he's opening a new, family-focused bookstore in Park View called Walls of Books. As an avid reader (and admitted Kindle addict), I'm thrilled at the idea of another hardcopy bookstore opening up in the area.

Learn more about the bookstore, after the break:

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New tavern coming to old hardware store

Remember that hardware / locksmith store at 3655 Georgia Ave?

They went out of business and the place has been sitting empty. According to a blog post on the Park View blog by ANC 1A08 Commissioner Kent Boese, the plan is to renovate the store into a new tavern called Reliable Tavern & Hardware. They'll offer food and drinks and other activities like comedy, trivia, and televised sports.

Photo courtesy of ParkViewDC.com

Photo courtesy of ParkViewDC.com

What I remember about this place comes from the first year we moved to Petworth more than 10 years ago. I saw the place and thought "cool, local hardware store!" Then my wife and I went in and I thought "how the heck does this place stay in business?" The shelves were barely stocked and some guy there kept following my wife around the store with a grin asking if he could help her.

Thank god for Annie's Ace Hardware!

And while bars and restaurants are great... would love to see more local-owned retail stores in Petworth.

Source: Park View blog.

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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